Westmont, Illinois

Coordinates: 41°47′40″N 87°58′35″W / 41.79444°N 87.97639°W / 41.79444; -87.97639
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Gregg House Museum
Gregg House Museum
Flag of Westmont
Official logo of Westmont
"Whiskey Hill", "Wet-mont", "Bestmont"
"The Progressive Village", "In The Middle Of It All"
Location of Westmont in DuPage County, Illinois.
Location of Westmont in DuPage County, Illinois.
Coordinates: 41°47′40″N 87°58′35″W / 41.79444°N 87.97639°W / 41.79444; -87.97639
Country United States
TownshipDowners Grove, York
 • TypeMayor-trustee
 • MayorRon Gunter
 • Total5.11 sq mi (13.23 km2)
 • Land5.00 sq mi (12.96 km2)
 • Water0.10 sq mi (0.27 km2)  2.14%
 • Total24,429
 • Density4,881.89/sq mi (1,884.88/km2)
 Up 15.67% from 1990
Standard of living
 • Per capita income$26,394 (median: $51,422)
 • Home value$200,814 (median: $180,200 (2000))
ZIP code(s)
Area code(s)630 and 331
FIPS code17-80645
Demographics (2000)[2]
Demographic Proportion
White 78.02%
Black 6.38%
Hispanic 6.98%
Asian 11.95%
Islander 0.00%
Native 0.13%
Other 2.41%

Westmont is a village in DuPage County, Illinois, United States. Located in the southeastern portion of DuPage County, Westmont is a community of 5.03 square miles in area with a 2020 population of 24,429.[3] It is a southwest suburb of Chicago.


The area known as Westmont earlier had been inhabited by the Potawatami. After several failed attempts by the U.S. government to persuade the Native Americans to move from the area, in 1833 they agreed under coercion to vacate their land for a nominal payment.[4]

The development of the Illinois-Michigan Canal, authorized by the State of Illinois in the 1820s but delayed in construction until the 1830s, contributed to Westmont's early growth.[4] Many of the workers turned to farming when the economic panic of 1837 halted canal construction; agriculture became the major occupation with produce sold in nearby Chicago. The area around Westmont became one of the most prosperous sections of the state.

In order to transport agricultural products into the city of Chicago, construction of a plank road from Chicago began in 1840. The path traversed the nine-mile (14 km) swamp between Chicago and the area that later became Westmont; it reached Naperville by 1851.[4] Today, this path is known as Ogden Avenue (U.S. Route 34).

The plank road soon became inadequate; in 1858, local incorporated towns and villages petitioned the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad to build a branch line from Aurora to Chicago that would pass through their towns.[4] The railroad line was approved, with the first train in 1864. "Gregg's Milk Station,[5]" from which Westmont developed, was a stop to load agricultural and dairy products. The town transitioned gradually from an agricultural community to a commuter community, with the early growth and development centered around the railroad station.

In the early 1900s, plats for the Village of Westmont were laid out and roads were dedicated; incorporation was decided by a vote of 41-28 in 1921. Westmont was officially incorporated on November 4, 1921; Vince Pastor served as the first president of the Village Board.[4]

The Village did not encourage concentrated commercial or industrial growth until the 1950s, with the development of some light service companies, industrial firms, and wholesaling firms. However, it was not until the 1960s and 1970s that Westmont began to grow in earnest; Westmont High School did not open until 1974. New subdivisions and multiple-family housing units led to the tripling of the population.[citation needed]

The current Westmont Public Library building opened in 1993.[6]

Notable people[edit]


Westmont is located at 41°47′40″N 87°58′35″W / 41.79444°N 87.97639°W / 41.79444; -87.97639 (41.794480, -87.976433).[8] It is bounded on the north by the Village of Oak Brook, on the east by the Village of Clarendon Hills, on the south by the City of Darien and on the west by the Village of Downers Grove. It is nearly wholly within Downers Grove Township.

According to the 2021 census gazetteer files, Westmont has a total area of 5.11 square miles (13.23 km2), of which 5.00 square miles (12.95 km2) (or 97.94%) is land and 0.11 square miles (0.28 km2) (or 2.06%) is water.[9]


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[10]
2000 Census population pyramid for Westmont

As of the 2020 census[11] there were 24,429 people, 10,485 households, and 6,175 families residing in the village. The population density was 4,782 inhabitants per square mile (1,846/km2). There were 11,161 housing units at an average density of 2,185 per square mile (844/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 64.85% White, 6.97% African American, 0.43% Native American, 14.72% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 5.50% from other races, and 7.47% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 12.72% of the population.

There were 10,485 households, out of which 27.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.51% were married couples living together, 9.63% had a female householder with no husband present, and 41.11% were non-families. 36.57% of all households were made up of individuals, and 16.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.07 and the average family size was 2.31.

The village's age distribution consisted of 20.4% under the age of 18, 6.9% from 18 to 24, 27.1% from 25 to 44, 27.4% from 45 to 64, and 18.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40.1 years. For every 100 females, there were 85.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.3 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $69,902, and the median income for a family was $97,583. Males had a median income of $54,184 versus $40,258 for females. The per capita income for the village was $43,229. About 8.3% of families and 11.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.0% of those under age 18 and 12.1% of those age 65 or over.


According to the 2021 Comprehensive Financial Report, the top employers in Westmont are:[12]

# Employer # of Employees
1 First Student Charter 270
2 Unit School District 201 256
3 Autonation 255
4 Village of Westmont 218
5 Mariano's 200

The town officially opened a 94 unit luxury residential apartment building dubbed Quincy Station in 2022, a transit-oriented and pet-friendly development. Part of a larger effort towards revitalizing the Central Business District in Westmont.[13]


Westmont has a Metra station on Metra's BNSF Railway Line, which provides daily rail service between Aurora, Illinois and Chicago's Union Station. U.S. Route 34, Interstate 88 located north of the Village, Interstate 55 to the South, Interstate 294 to the East and Interstate 355 to the West provide road access to the Chicago Region.

Pace provides bus service on Route 715 connecting Westmont to Glen Ellyn and other destinations.[14]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "2020 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 15, 2022.
  2. ^ 2000 United States Census Data
  3. ^ "Westmont (village) QuickFacts from the US Census Bureau". Archived from the original on June 9, 2012. Retrieved July 5, 2012.
  4. ^ a b c d e Village of Westmont. "History of Westmont". Retrieved August 2, 2014.
  5. ^ "Westmont Historical Society - Gregg House Museum".
  6. ^ "History".
  7. ^ "Muddy Waters Park". recplanet.com. Retrieved June 4, 2023.
  8. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
  9. ^ Bureau, US Census. "Gazetteer Files". Census.gov. Retrieved June 29, 2022.
  10. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  11. ^ "Explore Census Data". data.census.gov. Retrieved June 28, 2022.
  12. ^ "2021 ANNUAL COMPREHENSIVE FINANCIAL REPORT". Retrieved October 29, 2023.
  13. ^ "Local Announcement: Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Makes Quincy Station Westmont Official". October 19, 2022.
  14. ^ "RTA System Map" (PDF). Retrieved January 30, 2024.

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